It took three periods, plus an overtime period, but the Pics fell to the Bandits 3 - 2 on Halloween in Bridgewater.
Simon Higgins opened up the scoring affair early in the 1st with a shot from the blue line that beat Luca Bruns high. Nick Zanin and Tyler Genovese got the assists.
The Bandits scored twice in the 2nd to take the lead, but Zanin returned the favor when he went down the wing and beat Bruns opposite side high to tie the game up at 2 midway through the 3rd period. Jack Fore and Aiden Grabowski got the assists.
Chris Foster drew a crucial tripping call, and the Bandits scored on the ensuing power play to defeat the Pics 3 - 2.
Ray Picard stopped 42 out of 45 shots in the loss.
Premier defeat Thunder in shootout
It took 65 minutes, plus a shootout, but the Pics defeated the Thunder on Saturday night 3 - 2.
The Thunder struck twice in the 1st period, but the Pics struck back in the 2nd period when Sean Roach netted his first junior hockey goal as he redirected the shot from Felix Appelt. Coleson Hanrahan was credited with the secondary assist.
Alexei Filimonov was able to even it up as he was able to get free and broke down the middle of the offensive end. He tossed a shot at Thunder goaltender Garrison Schilling which worked it's way between the pads of Schilling and went into the back of the net. Matthew Tullo and Andrii Levtukhov were credited with the secondary assists.
Filimonov was able to get the decision maker as the game went to a shootout, but was able to put on a forehand, backhand, forehand shot and was able to deposit the puck into the back of the net.
Ben Zaranek stopped 27 out of 29 shots in the win.
Ray Picard picked up his first league shutout of his Elite career, second of his Pics career as the Pics shut out the Bandits 3 – 0 on Saturday afternoon at the Olympia.
Neither team scored in the first period, as the battle went back and forth with only one penalty being called.
Zack Fox broke the scoreless battle when he and Martin Rudolf went on a two on one with an initial feed from James Delaney Rudolf went down the right-hand side wing and found Fox, who was on the left-hand side. Fox got Bandits goaltender Luca Bruns to commit to the near post and Fox deposited the puck high, glove side.
Sean Ferus got the insurance goal just under 5 minutes into the 3rd period when he got a feed from Brandon Shuman . Ferus got pushed off the puck but got it back and a three-on-one got developed and Ferus was able to put it up over the diving defensemen and into the back of the net low. Kevin Avery was credited with the secondary assist.
Fox made it 3 – 0 when he caught the rebound off of Bruns when Braeden Humphrey shot it, and it hit off of Bruns and Fox was right at the post to deposit it. Rudolf got the secondary assist.
Picard stopped all 24 shots he faced, while Bruns stopped 34 out of 37 shots.
Pics strike Thunder down 5 - 1
The Premier squad traveled to Auburn, ME on Saturday afternoon and picked up the victory up at the Norway Bank Savings Arena, defeating the Thunder 5 - 1.
Connor O'Brien opened up the scoring early in the 1st when he chipped the puck in top glove side off a feed from Nick Foster. Matthew Tullo was credited with the secondary assist.
Aaron Cholewa made it 2 - 0 just three minutes later when he got an arrant clear from Thunder goaltender Brett Tome and deposited it into the opposite corner. Nicholas Rodrigues and Dominick Balboni got credit for the assists on the forecheck.
O'Brien made it 3 - 0 on the short hand when he grabbed the loose puck due to a missed drop pass and brought up the puck all alone, and put in a backhand shot. Foster and Luc Fricchione were credited with assists.
Balboni made it 4 - 0 just ten minutes later when he poked the loose puck in off a rebound. Joe Bouchard and O'Brien were credited with the assists.
Matthew Tullo made it 5 - 0 when he got the clearing pass and went up unopposed and put the puck between the legs of the goaltender. O'Brien and Foster got the assists.
Pics goaltender Ben Zaranek was able to stop his first penalty shot as a Pic when he successfully stopped a Gavin Simopoulos attempt 8 minutes into the 2nd period.
The Thunder did get one with just under two minutes left in the 2nd period, but the Pics held the line to defeat them 5 - 1. Zaranek stopped 33 shots in the win. The Thunder travel to the Olympia this Saturday for a 4pm game.
The Springfield Pics are proud to announce the commitment of Pics 2020-2021 season player Matthew Pelletier to play for the Westfield State University Owls. The Owls play in the MASCAC, who participate in the NCAA Division 3.
Pelletier scored 1 goal, and 14 assists in 35 games while playing for the Pics.
Pelletier previously played for the Pope Francis Cardinals prior to joining the Pics.
“We are excited to hear the news of Matt making the Westfield State Team. Matt worked extremely hard throughout the season and was one of our top defensemen by the end of the season and had a great playoff round for. We wish Matt the best at Westfield State this season.” Pics Premier Head Coach and General Manager Rob Bonneau was quoted.
“My childhood dream has come true; I have been blessed to have been coached by some remarkable coaches over my youth, High School , and junior hockey career; Names like Mushenko, DeClementi , Kervick, Moose Matthew, Foley and now Coach Bonneau who prepared me for what I’ve been dreaming about sense I was a kid, to play college hockey. Hockey has given me some unforgettable memories, Lake Placid championship, Western Mass and State titles, and most importantly friendships that will last a lifetime. This all would not have been possible if not for the support of my parents and playing hockey with my older sisters and younger brother; we are a true hockey family. I am looking forward to the next chapter, playing for Coach Meile and supporting the WSU team over the next 4 years. “Pelletier was quoted.
The Pics wish Matt the best of luck in his college career.
Monarchs topple Pics 5 - 2
The Monarchs struck first late in the 1st period, three in the 2nd period, and one early on the 3rd to send momentum against the Pics as the Pics fell 5 - 2 on Wednesday afternoon.
Mathias Alexandrov, Tanner Agnello, Cole Haldane, and Tyson Springer each put up goals for the Monarchs.
The Pics spoiled the shutout at the 9:02 mark of the 3rd when Felix Appelt was able to put the deflection on in through traffic. Luc Fricchione and Carter Brunelle were credited with the assists.
Alexei Filimonov, in his first game as a member of the Springfield Pics picked up his first goal as he pushed the puck past the goal line. Corey McNally and Brock Baumann both got credited with assists.
Nick Digiacomo stopped 26 out of 31 shots for the loss.
Elite squad defeat Bruins 9 - 4
Zach Fox notched his third career hat trick with the Pics, 1st on the Elite squad as the Pics defeated the Bruins 9 - 4 on Sunday afternoon. Fox started the scoring frenzy just over a minute into the game when he got the deflection off of a soft feed from Aiden Grabowski. Chris Foster was credited with the secondary assist.
Brigham Dubey made it 2 - 0 just three minutes later when he got a give and go pass from Simon Higgins and deposited it in the back of the net. Tyler Genovese got the secondary assist.
Martin Rudolf made it 3 - 0 when he got the give and go from Chris Foster. Ray Picard got his first career assist on the Elite level.
The Bruins got one back a minute later, and neither team scored until the 2:15 mark of the 2nd period when Rudolf got a feed right in front of the net from Fox to make it 4 - 1. Foster was credited with the secondary assist.
Fox scored on the power play to make it 5 - 1 when the power play unit ran with an overload on the bench side, and Fox was sitting alone on the opposite side faceoff dot and deposited it. Foster and Rudolf were credited with the assists.
Fox notched his hat trick when he was able to get a breakout pass while on the short hand. Bruins goaltender Cameron Schermerhorn skated far out to play the puck, but Fox was able to push the puck past Schermerhorn and get an open look at the empty net. Grabowski and Bryce St. Martin were credited with the assists.
James Lynch made it 7 - 1 when he got set up on the defensive line and launched one from the blue line through traffic. Parker Donahue and Sean Ferus were credited with the assists.
Braden Humphrey made it 8 - 1 when he was able to spin around and got it past Alexander Daniel who was screened by Pics and Bruins players. Liam Andersen and DJ Velez were credited with the assists.
The Bruins put up one more to make it 8 - 2, but Higgins made it 9 - 2 when he was able to put it through Daniels' legs on a soft shot. Brandon Shuman and Rudolf were credited with the assists.
The Bruins put up two more to make the final score 9 - 4. Picard stopped 36 out of 40 shots in the win.
Cyclones blow past Premiers 5 - 2
The Pics might have struck twice early, but the Cyclones scored 2 in the second, and 3 in the third period to defeat the Pics 5 - 2 on Saturday night. Felix Appelt got the Pics on the board early when him and Conner Dalton broke down the ice, and made it 1- 0. Gabriel Gosselin got the secondary assist.
Connor O'Brien made it 2 - 0 when he put the puck low glove side against Tripp Clarke when Tyler Wilson fed it to him from near the blue line and broke away to go one on one with Clark. Sean Donoghue got the secondary assist.
The Cyclones put up two goals in the 2nd period, then the go ahead with close to two minutes remaining in regulation. The Pics pulled the goaltender while on the powerplay, but the Cyclones put in two empty net goals to make the final score 5 - 2. Jacob Brown stopped 33 out of 36 shots in the loss.
Islanders double up on the Pics 6 - 3
The Springfield Pics fell to the Islanders 6 - 3 on Thursday afternoon in Merrimack, MA.
The Islanders stuck twice in the 1st period, but the Pics struck back in the 2nd period when Matthew Tullo got the cross ice pass from Joe Bouchard and got one-on-one with the goaltender to make it 2 - 1. Joe Bouchard and Connor O'Brien were credited with the assists.
The Islanders stuck back early in the 3rd period, but the Pics got another one when Tyler Wilson was able to get the puck in through traffic in front of the net to make it 3 - 2. Brock Baumann and O'Brien were credited with assists.
The Islanders scored two, but the Pics scored one more in the waining minutes of regulation when Nico Rodrigues found the loose puck and deposited it in the back of the net after a minor scrum. Aaron Cholewa and Gabriel Gosselin were credited with assists.
Nick Digiacomo stopped 39 out of 45 shots in the loss for the Pics
Bandits steal one from the Pics
he Springfield Pics fell to the Bridgewater Junior Bandits 3 - 1 in front of the faithful Sunday crowd at the Olympia Ice Center.
The Bandits struck first just over two minutes into the game when Jake Lavoie scored against Pics goaltender Landry Laird. Nate Cieszynski scored with two and a half minutes remaining in the 1st to make it 2 - 0.
Lavoie scored against midway through the 2nd to make it 3 - 0.
Sean Donoghue spoiled the shutout when he was able to tip the shot in from Luc Fricchione that rebounded off a couple Bandits players. Joe Bouchard got the secondary assist.
Laird stopped 31 out of 34 shots in the loss, while Bandits goaltender Konrad Kausch stopped 35 out of 36 shots for the win.